Control of an aerial manipulator with an on-board balancing mechanism

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Multirotor Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are highly mobile in flight and possess stable hovering capabilities. Because of their unique flight characteristics, the utilization of the platform for active tasks such as aerial manipulation is highly attractive. Much work has been done in recent years towards the implementation of multirotor for aerial manipulation, however, progress in the field has been slow due to the many challenges involved in the implementation of robust rotor control. In an attempt to reduce the effects of the manipulator, a technique for disturbance rejection using a novel balancing mechanism is proposed. In this paper, the dynamic equations of a coupled multirotor and manipulator are analyzed as a single body for use in the attitude control of the platform. By mounting the mechanism, the platform effectively gains marginal control over the positioning of its center of gravity relative to a body fixed frame. It can be shown that the increased mobility can be utilized to reduce rotor saturation for any given flight condition and improve the effectiveness of previously developed rotor control methods. Copyright © 2016 by ASME.

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